If i want to work on the front end of mine this is how i do it.
Make sure your on a level surface with the bike in gear and on the side stand (best not to be on a slippery surface) get a piece of wood, floor board or decking board is good, approx 2ft long x 4-4.5" wide x 1/2" thick, lift the front end by putting your right shoulder under the top fairing under the headlight, have a little try first it's much easier than it sounds to lift the front wheel. when practiced then ready get your wood, lift the front wheel just enough to place the wood under the front cam/rocker cover, you'll find it sits quite nicely, the wood should be level on the ground with all of the 4" in contact and the top will be wedged on the cam cover, have a look and you'll see where it'll fit nicely. once done give the bike a bit of a wiggle, it should be as stable as any stand, if it does tip off at this point it'll only drop back down (about 2") it isn't far off the floor, try again, once your happy the bike is stable then you can remove the front end.
Loosen all bolts before you lift but nip the top yoke bolts back up to hold things in place til your ready. when done tighten all bolts up as much as you feel comfortable with (not overtight though) then torque them all up when the front wheel is back on the ground.
this might sound a little precarious reading but i've done loads of front end work on firestorms and i've never had a bike budge doing it this way. if your removing the headraces from the frame just regularly check the wood is still in place after each couple of blows with the hammer, but if you have good tools they'll pop out readily.
Have the wood of a length that only lifts the front an inch to 2 inches, just enough to get the front wheel out, too high and you might risk the bike toppling over to the left.
As said this is how i do it, but if your bike falls off or you damage it in any way I take no responsibility, it won't be my fault. Just give it a try, if you don't feel comfortable or confident then don't continue.
Last edited by popkat
on Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.
2014 CRMC Post classic Superbike champion.
2014 CRMC Post classic senior production champion. On a Suzuki Katana 1100
My bikes, Firestorm, Suzuki GSXR1000, Honda RC24, Yamaha FZ1s, Popup Katana and a couple of XJ600's